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PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Jesuit Social Services engages with people from diverse backgrounds experiencing complex problems, including those associated with mental illness, substance misuse, family breakdown, offending behaviour, homelessness, unemployment, poverty and social exclusion.

Jesuit Social Services operates a range of programs for disadvantaged young people, families and communities from various operational sites.

Community Connections Mentoring (part of the Better Futures practice framework)

Better Futures is a new service and practice model designed to improve outcomes for young people transitioning from care to supported independence, up to the age of 21 years. It is guided by a Better Futures (Advantaged Thinking) practice framework and support is tailored to meet the individual needs of young people.

The Community Connections service offer is a key component of the Better Futures model and aims to build supportive networks, pathways and connections for young people in their communities. Community Connections Mentoring is one component of Community Connections and connects young people (15-20 years) who are leaving the statutory care and protective system with adult role models to support, guide and assist young people to transition more smoothly into community life and enhance pathways to education, training and employment opportunities.

Jesuit Social Services is a Child Safe organisation and is committed to protecting children and young people from harm. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to providing a family friendly working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion.

KEY OBJECTIVES OF THE ROLE

The key objectives of the Community Connections Mentor Volunteer role include:

– To work together with young people to build independence and increase opportunities for community participation.

– To provide guidance, support and encourage young people through mentoring to explore and work towards their aspirations and desired goals.

OUTLINE OF VOLUNTEER’S RESPONSIBILITIES

The Community Connections Mentor Volunteer may be responsible for the following tasks:

– Engage with their mentee on a weekly basis for 12 months supported period.

– Provide guidance, support and encouragement to their mentee to move towards the mentee’s identified aspirations and desired goals.

– Participate in mentor / mentee reviews throughout the 12 months supported period.

– Maintain regular contact with program staff.

– Participate in supervision and training opportunities.

– Comply with relevant legislation including Jesuit Social Services policies and procedures.

– Support program development through feedback and continuous improvement processes.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE NEEDED

– A commitment and ability to volunteer and engage effectively with young people aged between 15-20 years to support their aspirations and desired goals.

– A willingness to learn about the issues that young people leaving the statutory care and protective system face.

– A strong appreciation for and commitment to maintaining privacy and confidentiality.

– Ability to volunteer autonomously.

ORGANISATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

– Understanding and sympathy with the mission and ethos of Jesuit Social Services.

– Meeting the behavioural standards outlined in our Code of Conduct.

– A commitment and ability to work effectively with disadvantaged young people, their families and the wider community

– A valid Working with Children Check card, with Jesuit Social Services central office address listed on the WWC account

– Successful Police Check (including International Police Check if relevant) to be conducted by Jesuit Social Services prior to commencement.

To apply for this job email your details to mentoring@jss.org.au